Sabinsa gets FDA no objection letter for GRAS status of its Curcumin C3 Complex…

A Google Alert just led me to this article: That’s where I discovered that C3 Complex is now GRAS, which means “generally recognized as safe.” Basically, this means that it’s not toxic…that we can add it to what we drink and eat…

Oh phew! What a RELIEF! Holy cats! After all, I’ve been swallowing this stuff for YEARS now, and I certainly don’t want to be doing myself any harm…!!!

Okay, as you can tell, I’m joshing a bit…no harm in having a bit of fun, eh! 😉 …I mean, DUUUUH!, of course I have ALWAYS known that curcumin was (is!!!) safe, and it certainly doesn’t take a “no comment” letter from the FDA to prove that to me.  

I was curious about that “no comment” business, which sounded a bit odd to me. So I looked it up. Well, all it means is that, after reviewing a product’s GRAS claim, the FDA states that there will be no further “challenges” to the product’s GRAS status. In other words, by “not commenting,” the FDA grants the GRAS status. To be honest, I’m quite surprised that Sabinsa was able to obtain this GRAS status from the FDA in the first place! (I hope the price of C3 isn’t going to increase even more, now…yikes…)

Toward the end of the above-mentioned article, there is a mention of C3 Reduct, a new type of curcumin, also manufactured by Sabinsa, which I haven’t tried mainly because I read that THC ( = tetrahydrocurcumin = C3 Reduct) is not very effective at suppressing TNF-induced NF-kappaB activation, and it also isn’t a strong inhibitor of COX2 and cyclin D1, = myeloma cells’ best buddies. I wrote about all this more in detail in August: 

I know that some readers are taking the Reduct, so, if you have any results, please please please get in touch with me in some fashion (via email, Contact form, Facebook…) and let me know what you think of it. This is important, as it will also inform others about this new product, too. Thanks!!! 

I have to get back to work now. More soon, though!

Ciao! 🙂


  1. What a relief! 😉 After taking curcumin for all these years we are not dead! 😀
    BTW have you seen my e-mail of September 25 about my great results with Meriva curcumin? 🙂

  2. Curcumin itself has been recognized as GRAS by FDA … forever? So this is just the C-3 formulation getting another rubber stamp? Jane Bergmann, would love to read your experience with Meriva.

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